Family law mediation is always preferred because in most cases, the conflicts are due to misunderstandings, ego issues, addiction etc. Such disputes can be solved with some counselling; however, since they are not legally binding and informal in nature, they are prone to violation and may not be taken seriously. The greatest sufferers are the children.
Family Law incorporates a broad range of topics like divorce, child custody, visitation rights, alimony, adoption, guardianship, child support, child protection and domestic violence, Dowry related matters, Pre and Postnuptial Agreements, Visitation, Restraining orders, Guardianships, Emancipation, Juvenile crimes/dependencies etc.
The stand of courts is changing gradually. Earlier, a complaint by a female would have led to the entire family of groom going behind bar. Now Courts consider the other side of the story before interfering in the personal lives of a family. It has also been noted that as more and more women are educated and self- dependent, the alimony earlier offered to them has been excused. The courts have infact asked the women to pay their husbands for maintenance. This is a welcome change where society is slowly moving towards providing equal recognition to both men and women in society.